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Plum Bun

(1928)
A Novel without a Moral
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Jessie Redmon Fauset's Plum Bun (1928) is a moving, delicately observed coming-of-age novel - - one that brilliantly exemplifies the cultural, social, and creative ferment of the Harlem Renaissance. Its heroine, the young, talented, light-skinned Angela Murray, hopes for more from life than her black Philadelphia neighborhood and her middle-class upbringing seem to offer. Seeking romantic and creative fulfilment, and refusing to accept racist and sexist obstacles to her ambition, she makes a radical choice: to pass as white, and study art in New York City. Against the vivid, cosmopolitan backdrop of Harlem and Greenwich Village in the Roaring Twenties, her subsequent journey through seduction, betrayal, protest, and solidarity is ultimately a journey toward self-understanding. Along the way, Fauset includes fictionalized portraits of leading Harlem Renaissance figures such as W.E.B. Du Bois (for whom she edited The Crisis) and the sculptor Augusta Savage, recently denied a chance to study in Paris because of her skin color. Revising conventional narratives of the "tragic mulatta" and skillfully blending realism and romance, her novel raises questions about art, race, gender, inspiration, and authenticity that will continue to resonate for readers today.

    

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Hardback Editions

July 1985 : UK Hardback

Title: Plum Bun: A Novel without a Moral
Author(s): Jessie Redmon Fauset
ISBN: 0-86358-057-2 / 978-0-86358-057-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
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Paperback Editions

October 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: Plum Bun: A Novel Without A Moral
Author(s): Jessie Redmon Fauset
ISBN: 0-9910523-0-7 / 978-0-9910523-0-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Oshun Publishing Company Incorporated
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January 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: Plum Bun: a Novel Without a Moral
Author(s): Jessie Redmon Fauset
ISBN: 1-290-03514-8 / 978-1-290-03514-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: HardPress Publishing
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January 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: Plum Bun; A Novel Without a Moral
Author(s): Jessie Redmon Fauset
ISBN: 1-152-56557-5 / 978-1-152-56557-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: General Books LLC
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December 1999 : USA Paperback
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Title: Plum Bun: A Novel Without a Moral
Author(s): Jessie Redmon Fauset
ISBN: 0-8070-0919-9 / 978-0-8070-0919-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Beacon Press
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September 1990 : USA Paperback
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Title: Plum Bun: A Novel Without A Moral (Black Women Writers Series)
Author(s): Jessie Redmon Fauset
ISBN: 0-8070-0909-1 / 978-0-8070-0909-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Beacon Press
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July 1985 : UK Paperback

Title: Plum Bun: A Novel without a Moral
Author(s): Jessie Redmon Fauset
ISBN: 0-86358-044-0 / 978-0-86358-044-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Pandora Press (GB)
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Kindle Editions

November 2017 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Plum Bun: A Novel Without a Moral (Library of America E-Book Classics)
Author(s): Jessie Redmon Fauset
Publisher: Library of America
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